Gateway to Service….. Engaging Minds, Transforming Lives

Meet the Provost


July 2015

Dear Friend and Constituent of WAU,

As we actively prepare for a strong 2015-2016 launch, we want to linger and share with you significant accomplishments for our 2014-2015 academic year, which we believe you will find to be both relevant and exciting. These achievements align with Strategy Three of our VISION 2020 Strategic Plan - where we commit to creating, “a distinctive and distinguished learning culture” through which students and faculty reach their full potential through Christ-centered learning and high levels of academic rigor. These accomplishments include, but are not limited to the following:

  • WAU Receives A High Ranking for Teaching and Education - Washington Adventist University is ranked No. 17 among 30 of the most selective small colleges and universities offering teaching and education degrees at the undergraduate level in the United States. Overall, U.S. News & World Report ranks Washington Adventist University as 46th among the Best Regional Colleges in the North. This program also received full reaffirmation by our denomination (AAA) reviewers.
  • WAU Business Club ENACTUS ranks top 3 in the Nation. ENACTUS is an international organization that connects student, academic and business leaders through entrepreneurial-based projects that empower people to transform opportunities into real, sustainable progress for themselves and their communities. Our students’ initiatives focused on responding, in an enriching an innovative manner, to the needs of  Takoma Park citizens.
  • WAU Psychology Bachelors degree ranks in the top 30 of “Best Psychology Degrees” for private colleges with less than 3000 students. This ranking builds on the university’s legacy commitment to its “ministry of healing” as evidenced through our denomination’s inagural establishment of a psychology degree in 1961.
  • WAU Nursing continues as a signature program for the University and in accordance with its “new applicant status” is scheduled for an accreditation site visit by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education CCNE for April 4, 2016. Students in its  bachelors degree program receive personalized support to help ensure passage of the required NCLEX-RN state boards licensing exam.
  • WAU Degree requirements in most programs have reduced general electives so that instead of 128 credits, degree completion is achieved with 120 credits thereby accelerating the student’s program completion and reducing the student’s cost for their undergraduate college education.
  • WAU commits to onboarding new programs as we welcome the Associates Degree in Radiography as a career and learning opportunity to our students.

We invite you to strengthen us through your prayers as more than ever we commit to living in harmony with our Calling, to move “ever upward, never downward  - to be the head and never the tail” (Deut. 28:11-13).


With deepest respect and rich anticipation,

Dr. Weymouth Spence/President                                                            Dr. Cheryl Kisunzu/Provost


School of Arts & Social Sciences 

The School of Arts & Social Sciences offers a curriculum focused on fostering the development of the skills essential to be successful in the global service economy of the 21st Century: writing, critical thinking, debate, analysis, and an understanding and appreciation for cultural diversity.

School of Health Professions, Science & Wellness

The School of Health Professions, Science & Wellness employs a philosophy that balances practical training and theory in approaching education for future health sciences professionals. We bridge the gap between concept and practice.

School of Graduate & Professional Studies (SGPS)

For more than 30 years, WAU has been a leader in providing career building undergraduate degree programs for working professionals. WAU has continued to expand those offerings by adding graduate programs. This provides undergraduate students the opportunity to transition into graduate programs and continue to enhance their skills and competitive marketability.